High seas forecast

Issued by the Met Office at

For the period until

General synopsis

At 190000UTC, low Irish Sea 993 expected Forties 1001 by 200000UTC. Low Fisher 993 losing its identity by same time. Low 41 north 16 west 1010 expected southern Biscay 1000 by that time. at 190000UTC, high 48 north 35 west 1030 expected 46 north 29 west with little change by 200000UTC. Low 67 north 12 west 1022 expected northern Norway 1020 by same time. New lows expected 75 north 01 west 1003 and 51 north 49 west 998 by that time. at 190000UTC, high southern Greenland 1031 expected eastern Greenland 1022 by 200000UTC.

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Northwesterly, veering northerly, 4 to 6. Rough, occasionally moderate in east. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Shannon

North 4 to 6. Rough. Thundery showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Rockall

North 5 to 7, veering northeast 4 to 6. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Showers. Good.

Bailey

Northeast 5 to 7, backing northwest 4 to 6. Rough, occasionally very rough, becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Faeroes

Northeast 6 to gale 8, backing northwest 4 to 6. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Showers. Good.

Southeast Iceland

Northeasterly 4 to 6, backing westerly 3 to 5. Moderate or rough becoming moderate. Showers. Good.

East Northern Section

Northerly 5 to 7 at first in southeast, otherwise variable 4 or less, becoming southwesterly 4 to 6 except in southeast. Moderate or rough, occasionally slight in north. Mainly fair. Good.

West Northern Section

Variable 4 or less at first in southeast, otherwise westerly or southwesterly 4 to 6, backing southerly or southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in central areas. Moderate, becoming rough or very rough in southwest. Fair, then rain spreading east. Good becoming moderate or poor.

East Central Section

Northerly 4 to 6, becoming variable 4 or less in west, then southwesterly 5 later in far northwest. Rough becoming moderate in west. Showers in east, fair in west. Good.

West Central Section

Northerly 3 to 5, becoming variable 4 or less in east, otherwise southerly 4 to 6, backing southeasterly 6 to gale 8. Moderate or rough becoming very rough in west. Mainly fair, but rain later in northwest. Good becoming moderate or poor in northwest.

Denmark Strait

Southwesterly 4 to 6, veering northeasterly in north, becoming variable 4 or less later in south. Slight or moderate, becoming moderate. Mainly fair, but rain or sleet later in far southwest. Good, becoming moderate or poor later in far southwest.

North Iceland

Anticyclonic 4 to 6, becoming cyclonic 5 to 7 in north, occasionally gale 8 later in far north. Rough in southeast, otherwise slight or moderate becoming moderate or rough. Mainly fair but occasional snow in far north. Moderate or good, but poor or very poor in far north. Moderate to severe icing in far north with temperatures ms03 to ms08 and light icing later in northeast with temperatures ms02 to ms05.

Norwegian Basin

Northeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, becoming variable 4 or less later in west. Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough. Occasional rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Storms expected in Denmark Strait, with severe gales expected in East Northern Section. Gales expected in Bailey, Southeast Iceland, West Northern Section, West Central Section and north Iceland.

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